Cerilliant Adds to Its ISO Accreditations

Cerilliant Corp. has added ISO Guide 34 and ISO/IEC 17025 accreditations to its arsenal of quality credentials as certified by ACLASS Accreditation Services, an internationally-recognized accreditation company and a participant in the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), according to a Dec. 1 press release. The Round Rock, Texas-based company has been certified to the ISO 9001:2000 standard since 1997 and now offers its customers the assurance of this triple certification to ISO standards.

Chief Executive Officer Sherri Pogue stated, "Cerilliant serves a diverse group of customers and industries who have different quality requirements, and these additional accreditations provide added confidence to our customers. We made no changes to our production or testing systems to secure these new ISO accreditations, confirming that the bar we have set for ourselves is high."

Accreditation to ISO Guide 34 "General Requirements for the Competence of Reference Material Producers" requires the reference material producer to assess each of its production and testing systems and assign an uncertainty value to all reference materials classified as "Certified Reference Materials" and to demonstrate traceability to SI units wherever possible. As part of its Risk Management and Continuous Improvement programs, the company has performed detailed statistical analysis of its production and testing systems and will provide customers with statements of uncertainty as required by the ISO Guide.

Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025 "General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories" addresses technical competency of the testing laboratory and, specifically, a laboratory's ability to produce precise and accurate test and calibration data. While designed to be applicable to laboratories running third-party samples, accurate test results are critical to the proper characterization of reference materials and, therefore, relevant to reference material producers.

Cerilliant's scope of ISO Guide 34 accreditation is for single component organic materials, either neat or in dilute organic or aqueous solvents in the concentration range of 0.05 to 5 mg/mL.

Cerilliant sustains a modern, robust quality system, which incorporates the principals of Quality by Design, Risk Management, and Continuous Improvement. The company's quality system complies with FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) - parts 210 and 211 - and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) guidelines, interpreted to the production and certification of reference standards.